Feasting the Community

Ritual and Power on the Sicilian Acropoleis (10th– 6th centuries bc)


  • Meritxell Ferrer Martín Stanford University




Sicily, feasting, ritual politics, cultural contact, community, social identities, acropoleis


In recent years, the emergence of new theoretical perspectives such as post-structuralism, post-colonialism and feminism in the study of colonial situations in the ancient Mediterranean have broken the hegemony long held by acculturation. Earlier perspectives focused mainly on the colonies, Greek or Phoenician, and considered them as the only active agents, while local populations were traditionally interpreted as static and monolithic entities, passive recipients of colonial innovations. Moving away from these interpretations and approaching new ways of reading colonial histories, the focus of this article is centered on the native Sicilian people, particularly on the recuperation of their agency, through an analysis of their ritual politics. In this case I examine processes of making social identities and the idea of community that these peoples constructed through the collective practices carried out in their main communal ritual settings, the acropoleis.

Author Biography

Meritxell Ferrer Martín, Stanford University

Meritxell Ferrer received her PhD degree in History from Institut Universitari d’Història Jaume Vicens Vives–Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) in 2012. Her research encompasses themes such as Phoenician and Greek colonization, post-colonial perspectives, native-colonist interaction, ritual, gender and power relations, and identity in the ancient western Mediterranean, particularly in Sicily and the Iberian peninsula. She has been involved in the Cerro del Villar and Monte Polizzo research projects and she currently participates in a comparative project of Greek and Phoenician colonial spaces in the Iberian peninsula and Sardinia. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher of the Catalonian government (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca [AGAUR]—Beatriu de Pinós) in the Department of Classics at Stanford University.



How to Cite

Martín, M. F. (2013). Feasting the Community: Ritual and Power on the Sicilian Acropoleis (10th– 6th centuries bc). Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 26(2), 211–234. https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v26i2.211